Mass Effect Andromeda had a small showing at E3, and PlayStation Meeting provided a little more gameplay footage to tease players about their next galactic adventure.
Initially revealed last year, fans have been waiting with baited breath to find out more about Bioware's next galactic outing, and after a brief glimpse at E3 there's still plenty of questions.
Bioware has confirmed that all future Mass Effect games, including Andromeda, will run on the Frostbite Engine.
Andromeda will feature a unique cast of characters we have never seen before. They will explore a beautiful galaxy as you befriend powerful new allies and make dangerous new enemies.
We still have some time until the game arrives in stores (even longer than originally planned, which we'll come to in a bit), so TrustedReviews has put together Everything you need to know ahead of today's press conference and the game's official launch.
Keep this page bookmarked if you want to keep up with the latest on the Mass Effect Andromeda release date, news and other rumours.
Watch the Andromeda trailer here:
Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay trailer
During the PlayStation Meeting where Sony debuted the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim, Bioware showed off some brand new footage of Mass Effect Andromeda running in glorious 4K resolution.Designed to show off the potential of Sony's new high-end console and its potential for 4K displays and HDR, the demo shows only shows a brief snippet of gameplay.
We don't discover who this new protagonist is, but it certainly isn't the Shephard of the original trilogy.
Mass Effect Andromeda release date – When is the game coming out?
Mass Effect Andromeda is currently scheduled to launch in March 2017 with a specific date yet to be confirmed. However, according to an artbook listed on Amazon US, Andromeda will be launching on March 21, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay
In a blog post from the development team, Bioware provided an update on three key features they're bringing to the Mass Effect Universe:
• "More Freedom: One of our biggest ambitions is to give players an unprecedented level of freedom for a Mass Effect experience –where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll play.
• "New Uncharted Worlds: We’re leaving the Milky Way behind and headed to Andromeda, where we’ll meet new allies, confront new enemies, and explore fascinating new worlds.
• "The Next Great Mass Effect Experience: Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the first Mass Effect game for today’s consoles and the first built on the Frostbite engine. We’re pushing the technology to deliver visuals, story, and gameplay that have never been done in franchise history."
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The post goes on to state that the team has been "playing the game in the studio recently", suggesting significant progress has been made in development.
The gameplay in Mass Effect Andromeda will be set in a new galaxy, called Andromeda, with a strong focus on exploration.
You’ll be piloting the new and improved Mako that’s been showcased before, accompanied by a “new team of adventurers” that you’ll fight alongside with, learn from and, of course, fall in love with.
“A new adventure awaits in the Mass Effect universe. With stunning visuals and a new galaxy to discover, BioWare delivers the next generation of space exploration”, explains the YouTube blurb for the Andromeda announcement trailer above.
Although the trailer didn’t give us much information, there’s a clear focus on exploration into the unknown – with even the “Wild West but in space” motif taken from Firefly.
“When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2014, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action,” explained BioWare’s Studio GM Aaryn Flynn.
“At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game.”
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Mass Effect 4 news
Game details potentially leaked by trailer
A survey from Bioware may have leaked a substantial amount of information on Mass Effect 4.
According to the survey, which emerged via a now deleted Reddit user, the game will take place in the Helius Cluster, which is a cluster of hundreds of solar systems within the Andromeda Galaxy.
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The character you’ll play is apparently called the “Pathfinder” and will explore an adventure “far removed by time and space from Commander Shepard’s heroic acts and the final events of the Mass Effect trilogy.”
As a “combat trained but untested explorer”, your goal is to find a new home for humanity with the Mako in tow of course. You’ll need to collect resources along the way, build colonies and face “cut-throat outlaws” across “a sprawling system of solar systems”.
More importantly, you’ll also discover remains of the Remnant, which is a mysterious alien race that wields the technology that “holds the key to gaining power in this region of the galaxy”.
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Mass Effect 4 to be Xbox One, PS4 and PC exclusive
Forget any hopes you had of the next Mass Effect game coming to last-gen consoles, as developer BioWare has confirmed it will be solely for new-gen consoles - and PC too of course.
The news came via BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn, who said on NeoGAF that the developer had ditched development for last-gen consoles.
"I'd go so far as to say that dropping the older consoles has had more impact on the overall gameplay goals of hte next Mass Effect game than what Dragon Age: Inquisition successfully achieved," said Flynn.
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Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't a template for the next Mass Effect
Despite the financial and critical success of Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare isn't going to use the game as any sort of template for the next Mass Effect - regardless of the similarities between the two games.
"All of our games are using Frostbite now," said BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn. "We've said the next Mass Effect (and our new IP, but I won't expand on that yet) uses some of the technology from Dragon Age: Inquisition. We've been enjoying building larger areas that you can explore with less friction, so that'll be there as well."
"But after that, the next Mass Effect will be (and should be) drawing on its own rich and successful past more than what Dragon Age: Inquisition would say it should do. Take the Mako for example, something we've already shown in prototype form. We had that in Mass Effect 1, and bringing it back is more related to a feeling that we can do it much better than we did before and fulfil the original promise of that gameplay. that has nothing to do with Dragon Age: Inquisition."
"We're very proud of what Dragon Age: Inquisition has achieved, but that does not set a 'template' for what every other game we make needs to be. Each game franchise needs to innovate and improve their experience based on what's best for it, not just what another game had success with."
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The story will focus on galactic colonisation in a seamless open world
According to a recent marketing survey found by NeoGAF, in Mass Effect: Andromeda "we are the aliens." Players must fight for a new home against a deadly new threat hellbent on destroying humanity.
“Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way, where players will lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory—where WE are the aliens—opposed by a deadly indigenous race bent on stopping us.”
“Experience the freedom to traverse and explore a planet-dense but seamless open-world galaxy, rich with discovery. Play as the leader of a squad of military-trained explorers in an intense third-person shooter, with deep progression and customization systems.”
“This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival in the Andromeda Galaxy.”
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